When FozzieSov hits in a couple weeks, each null alliance could find themselves with potentially multiple timers for each of multiple systems. We’ll have a significant amount of contesting to do, and very quickly, we’re going to find ourselves overwhelmed with data.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that the folks who live in the space that brought you weaponized boredom are going to quickly translate sov contests into weaponized timer overload. A 50-man fleet interested in seizing a constellation is best served by spreading those 50 pilots out across all capture points with the hope that some of them will succeed in pushing them into reinforcement.
And, more likely than not, many of them will succeed. For a small alliance owning sov, both preventing reinforcement and contesting it will be an incredibly difficult task, as you could have 50 capture nodes spawn from 10 successful entosis reinforcements out of those 50. That’s a lot of items coming out of reinforcement, all at different times.
Now, managing these timers is no problem for an alliance like Razor, who has a very slick op timer organized by date/time with countdowns and trackers of whether the timer is defensive or offensive. RP (a corp, not an alliance) has one for all of our events, as well. But both rely on out-of-game web services, which cost real dollars to maintain. And, let’s face it, to compete, alliances NEED to have a timer board to allow line members to track what’s happening and be online at the right times. For people to log in and participate in your fleet, they need to know a fleet is happening.
But an in-game timer system would allow everyone to immediately know what timers are coming up. The calendar has this, to some extent, but it isn’t dynamic. Let’s say there are four events in the EUTZ, and one in the USTZ… that last one is going to be buried always, even at 20:00 Eve time. But a rolling timer board counting down would adjust as timers pass and drop off.
CCP, we need this. Auto-post times that entosis link reinforcement periods end. Allow defensive POS reinforcement to post automatically, and allow attackers to right click on the reinforced timer to add the timer to their alliance’s timer board. And, allow players to post their own fleets to the board, following the same permission structure as they do when they create the actual fleets themselves (corp, alliance, standings, etc.).
A timer board would help bridge the gap between IT-heavy mega-blocs and smaller alliances that may not have the resources to run full IT functionality out-of-game.
FozzieSov is developed with the goal of Balkanizing null-sec… now we need to allow those alliances to compete with some basic infrastructure that enables fights, provides a visible summary of all the information pumping through notifications, and creates a little parity.
Otherwise, the little guys are going to be inundated, slaughtered, and lose interest in the null-game before they have a chance to develop a love for it.